5 Facts & Myths about Radon

Radon testing should not be taken lightly. If there’s radon in your home, it can have a severe – even fatal – impact on the health of you and your family. Testing for radon can be done effortlessly, and it’s important to make the time to have radon testing done.

There are a number of myths surrounding radon and radon testing. Here are some common myths, and the facts.

Myth No. 1: Scientists are unsure whether radon is a problem.

Fact: Although there is some dispute among some scientists over the number of radon-related deaths, all major health organizations – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and more – agree radon causes thousands of lung cancer deaths every year.

  • “Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking.” – American Lung Association
  • “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General’s office estimate radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Myth No. 2: Radon is only found in certain types of homes.

Fact: It’s reported by experts that radon can be a problem in all types of homes, both old and new.

Myth No. 3: It doesn’t make sense to test for radon if you’ve lived in your home for a long time.

Fact: The risk of lung cancer is reduced when radon levels are reduced, even if you’ve lived in a home with an elevated radon level for many years.

Myth No. 4: Only certain areas of the United States have radon.

Fact: Radon has been found in every state, while levels can vary within a local area. The only way to know levels in a specific home is test for it.

Myth No. 5: You can get a good indication of radon levels in surrounding home from a neighbor’s test result.

Fact: The only way to know the levels in your home is to test for it, as radon levels vary from home to home.

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